9f4a1c9b1b231c831b031365d765260yyeTatting is the age-old art of making delicate handmade lace by looping and knotting a single cotton thread held on a small shuttle. Thought to have originated in Italy in the 16th century, it gradually made its way across Europe until, in the late 18th century, it could be found decorating all types of items from reticules to bonnets, caps and handkerchiefs. Imitation tatting can be purchased, but nothing beats the real item.

The shuttles used centuries ago were made from wood, ivory, bone, metal, or shell. They were longer than most used today and almost always highly decorated. Whether they were carved or studded with jewels, these shuttles were meant to catch the eye as the lady made her lace.


Charles Antoine Coypel (French, 1694 – 1752) «Double Portrait Presumed to Represent Francois de Jullienne (1722–1754) and His Wife (Marie Elisabeth de Sere de Rieux, 1724–1795)» 1743


1750s – Louise Elisabeth and Philip with their children Ferdinand and Marie Louise by Giuseppe Baldrighi


Pietro Rotari (1707–1762) Portrait of Marie Kunigunde of Saxony (1740-1826), Abbess of Thorn and Essen, daughter of Augustus III of Poland, circa 1755

Tatting knowledge was passed along from person to person. In time, patterns were printed in popular magazines and books. These days tatting is back to fashion in old and new way as a doilies, collars and jewelry.




I learned frivolite technique more than 20 years ago and came back to lace making just several years ago.

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Summer Orchids Care

June 13, 2019

“Heat stress is a condition that occurs in orchids and other plants when excessive heat causes an imbalance in transpiration, the process by which moisture evaporates from the plant’s tissues. When that rate of evaporation exceeds the pace at which moisture is being replaced through water taken up by the orchid’s roots, the plant becomes dehydrated — leaves soft and wilted, pseudobulbs wrinkled and ridged.” -AOS

Summer is here and it is time when you need to keep eye on your orchid placement and hydration. Be aware of dehydration and hit stress signs.

Last week I rescue one orchid which was planted in soil with black mulch and had sun burns on the lives. Ones again I realized that there are many people who does not know a bit about orchids care.

So sad to see that…any questions could be answered by simple internet search. YouTube is a great resource to use for any questions.

Couple tips for these who might find my post here and interested to learn a little bit about orchids care.

Different media and type of pots responding differently to water and heat. Clay pots, leca and lava rocks dries faster that bark, coconut husk and moss in plastic pots. Plastic pots should be placed into the cover pots to prevent the root burns.

If you see shriveled, desiccated yellowing leaves or reddish-purple tint or freckles it can indicate underwatering, sunburn or overheating dehydration. This may simply be due to the fact that you are not providing enough water for the orchid-pot-media-location combination or plant is under the heat stress.

I you noticed any signs of dehydration or sun burn first move plant to shaded location, than soak it with pot in clean water (distilled, rain) for 20-30 min. Start to water the plant more frequently but make sure all water dripped of the pot at the end, and roots are not sitting in water.

Orchid can show the similar signs of dehydration because of the poor roots condition which cannot transmit the water. This is another case and usually the result of overwatering, or old broken-down potting media which compacted around the roots. If orchid wasn’t re-potted for more than 2 years, consider checking the roots and repot it.

Summer is here! Just be aware of your plants condition and grow your orchids strong for future blooms.

Feel free to leave a comment or any questions you have.

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Let’s talk Orchids

June 6, 2019

If you are new to the Orchids’ lovers world you probably would need to understand the terms people use all over the internet when talking about Orchids.

When I started to learn about Orchids it was very confusing to recognize what people are referring to by saying: keiki, crown, spike, backbulb, etc. It’s like a different language. I decide to put some information together which might help one to better understand these terms.  Here is some of the terms and definitions you may see people using when talking about orchids:

Orchids, Aerial Root

Aerial Root– a root which develops from the stem above the medium.

Orchids, Flower Spike

Flower Spike– a single or branched stalk with buds and flowers.

Orchids, Crown

Crown: the area where the leaves join with the base of the plant. Spikes and roots come from from crown for Sympodial Orchids.

Orchids, Happy Sap

“Happy Sap”: small beads of sticky sap that appear on parts of an orchid. In the absence of insects, this means that the plant is happy and is sending sugar to the area of the plant where the sap is visible. The presence of this sap can indicate that the orchid is gearing for reproduction.

Orchids, Rhizome

Rhizome: horizontal, underground plant stem capable of producing the shoot and root systems of a new plant.

Orchids, Side shoot

Side shoot: a new spike that sprouts from the node of an already established flower spike. Often produces more blooms.

Orchids, Backbulb

Backbulb: an old, often leafless, sympodial pseudobulb that is still alive and can be used for propagating a new plant.

NOID: an acronym for “no identification”. This is used for any orchid whose exact species is unknown. Most orchids available for sale at big box stores are NOID.

Sympodial orchids: such as Oncidiums, Cattleyas, Zygopetalums grow new pseudobulb from rhizome horizontally.

Monopodial orchids: such as Phalaenopsis, Vanda grow new leaves vertically from the stem.

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collar I am just addicted to tatting/frivolite. Last  week I was in a mood for something RED. I think it went well.

I am trying to keep hands busy in front of TV- otherwise I’ll eat something:)

Very recommend to add tatting to the diet program. It’s really helps!

More Info…….

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Tatted Lace Jewelry

February 27, 2015

il_570xN.732957596_go17I learn tatting long time ago in Ukraine and loved to make the doilies and collars for friends and family.  I came back to tatting several month ago and added to it gemstones and beads to make a jewelry. So many ideas in my my mind, just need a time…. I have a full time job and jewelry making was always my hobby which I like a lot.

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Please comment what you think about this new idea.

Tatting is a technique for handcrafting a particularly durable lace constructed by a series of knots and loops. Tatting can be used to make lace edging as well as doilies, collars, and other decorative pieces.

I recover the old paper with pattern for this  doily- it’s 6” in diameter. Feel free to ask any questions.

tatting pattern

tatting pattern p.s. missing 2.2- d(3p3)

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tatting pattern

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Tatting/Frivalite- Collar

December 9, 2014

Tatting is a technique for handcrafting a particularly durable lace constructed by a series of knots and loops. Tatting can be used to make lace edging as well as doilies, collars, and other decorative pieces.

This one was made around 1992-1993. The pattern and sequence for each row could be found below.

Feel free to ask me any questions.
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January 28, 2013



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